STOP FOR THE SCHOOL BUS - IT'S NEW YORK STATE LAW
As of March 1, 2021, Suffolk County has entered a 60-day warning period for the Stop Arm School Bus Camera Program. Any tickets issued from a stop-arm camera between now and May 1, 2021 will be warnings. After that, tickets with corresponding fines will be issued for violations to this law.
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WHERES THE BUS ~ effective January 5, 2023 the "HERE COMES THE BUS" app has been changed to "WHERES THE BUS". Click the link below for information.
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The West Islip School District has an internal fleet of buses and contracts with Suffolk Transportation to transport our students each year.
Transportation is provided to students who live in the West Islip School District and attend public or non-public schools according to the policy set by the Board of Education. That policy is as follows:
• All kindergarten and grade 1 students.
• Students in grades 2 – 5 who live 0.5 of a mile or more from the school they attend.
• Students in grades 6 – 8 who live 1.0 mile or more from the school they attend.
• Students in grades 9 – 12 who live 1.5 miles or more from the school they attend.
The law provides that students who live less than the mileage limitations specified above, as previously adopted by the qualified voters of this District, shall not be transported to and from the regular school program.
Transportation is provided for all students attending private and parochial schools up to a distance of 15 miles, and state law mandates transportation for handicapped children up to a distance of 50 miles. Requests for transportation to private and parochial schools must be received at the Transportation Department no later than April 1 for the following school year. The request form below provides further information.
Late bus transportation is provided for middle and high school students who participate in sports and extracurricular activities. Late bus schedules for each school can be found here.
The District also provides transportation services for students attending before and after-school child care at South Shore Children’s Center, Storybook Kids, YES Program and Ask Us.
All of our buses are equipped with security cameras and Global Positioning System (GPS).
The West Islip School District no longer issues nor mails transportation passes home to parents of students who are eligible for transportation. This information is now available for parents to view in the Infinite Campus’ Parent Portal.
If you do not have a Parent Portal account you can create one by accessing the Parent Portal Application and User Agreement form found here. If you have questions you may email them to email@example.com. Include a subject line, your name and a daytime telephone number if you require a telephone response.
If circumstances prohibit you from gaining computer access for this purpose, contact the transportation department and a printout will be available to be picked up in the transportation office.
School Bus Behavior Code
School bus ridership rules can be found here.
Communication Protocol for Transportation Issues
For concerns regarding routes, pick-up issues, driver information or other issues:
Step 1: Transportation Office (631) 893-3300
Step 2: Elisa Pellati, Assistant Superintendent for Business (631) 930-1530
Step 3: Dr. Paul Romanelli, Superintendent of Schools (631) 930-1560
For behavior concerns on the school bus:
Step 1: Bus Driver
Step 2: Building Principal
Step 3: Elisa Pellati, Assistant Superintendent for Business (631) 930-1530
Step 4: Dr. Paul Romanelli, Superintendent of Schools (631) 930-1560
To obtain bus information before and after school hours, call Suffolk Transportation at (631) 665-3246.